Skip to main content

Made by a Fabricista: The Camas Blouse by Thread Theory

Did you know that Fabric Mart sells patterns?  Well if you didn't, now you do!  Here is a link to the patterns tab just in case you want to investigate.  :)

Fabric Mart's sewing pattern collection

I've never tried a women's Thread Theory pattern and had to try this Camas Blouse pattern.  Is this cute for summer or what?

                 Camas Blouse - Thread Theory - 2

This is a loose-fitting top that can be made in a stretch woven or a knit.  As you can see from the above photo, it has front yokes, a banded front and neckline.


 As a bonus, this was fun to put together!


I used a linen knit.  Yes, linen is a uber soft knit that is so light and comfortable that I can't wait for the weather to get super hot and humid to try this out. 


With a linen knit, you just need to take your time and sew with care, just like you would with any other fabric, right?


That back yoke is really cute!  Both yokes (front and back) are self lined.  I decided to stabilize the shoulder seam with clear elastic on both the lining and the main top seams--just as a precaution. 


Look how nice those gathers are!  (If I do say so myself!)  Working with this fabric is not at all difficult nor should you worry about the results.  Like I said, just take a few precautions.


I used a size 65 or 9 stretch needle.  I always use a new needle with every new project.


Since this garment is rather loose fitting, I tested and the buttonholes do not need to work, so I eliminated those and just sewed the buttons on the front plackets. This very easily slips on and off over my head.


Here you can see a one of the precautions I took.  The other one that I thought I had photographed but forgot I will have to tell you about.  I used a fusible interfacing made for knits on the plackets.  This gave me just the right amount of stability.  However, I must say that prior to stitching on the plackets I used stay tape on the front of the top and stitched it so just a tiny bit (1/8") extended past the seamline on the wrong side.  


If you do this very easy step, no knit should ever even consider stretching out on you.  After you construct the front bands, fold them to the inside, and secure with topstitching, you will never feel it on your skin nor will you see it.

I so enjoyed sewing this top with this beautiful linen knit.  

If you've never tried linen knit you are missing out on a great experience!  Just remember it is lightweight, and depending on your design, you might need some simple and fast precautionary measures.  
Thanks for reading!
Sue from Ilove2sew!

Comments

Popular Posts You Might Like

Made by a Fabricista: A Work Wardrobe with a $50 Fabric Budget

Can you save money by sewing your own clothes?  Well, that all depends on a lot of factors!  I decided to challenge myself to make a new Spring work wardrobe with a $50 budget for fabric.  I know, I know- that doesn't include your patterns, notions and miscellaneous things like interfacing and lining.  For me, those are already sunk costs, because I already have them.  By ordering during one of Fabric Mart's $2/$3/$4 sales, I was able to make 8 items- 2 pants, 1 skirt, 1 dress, and 3 tops.  Here's my exact order:


This took me about 6 weeks once I started.  I usually sew after dinner for about an hour or two every day.  It's my relaxation time.  I dove right in the deep end with the jacket first.
I absolutely love this fabric!  It is so bright and cheery.    I made the jacket with Vogue 2957, an out of print Anne Klein designer pattern.


The fabric is a Milly Cady suiting which I found challenging to work with.  It feels delightful, but it is tough as nails.   I started…

Fabricista Guest Post: "Julie's Picks" Goes to the Opera

Hello, fellow fabric enthusiasts and sewers alike ! My name is Mary Martha and I am thrilled to be presenting a guest post for Fabric Mart's Fabricista blog. As a bit of background, I fell madly in love with opera in 2015 when I attended my first performance in a movie theater as part of the Metropolitan Opera's "Live in HD" simulcasts, which projects live staged operas in New York City into cinemas worldwide via satellite. (They're fantastic !) Since the start, I have dressed the part of the characters when attending these performances, beginning with outfits fashioned from scarves and skirts in my mother's closet to more ornate costumes. It was during this time that I taught myself to sew using a sewing machine and I haven't looked back ─ my life was changed forever !
In December 2018, I subscribed to Julie's Picks swatch club as an educational experience: I wanted to expand my knowledge of different fabrics besides the typical polyester satins I h…